Dear VBSDS Families,
We are excited to offer the option for full time, five days a week on campus instruction for all grades (K-6) beginning Monday, March 8. We have been working to finalize our on campus school day schedule and logistics, so that you can make plans for your family in the weeks to come. With more children on campus, we have made modifications to our schedules and protocols to comply with LA County’s COVID-19 guidelines.
As always, we are committed to providing multiple formats of instruction (hybrid learning), including synchronous, remote learning. If your child plans to continue to learn virtually, please notify your General Studies teacher by Thursday, February 25
. If your child has not been on campus and plans to return, a negative COVID-19 PCR test is required. For more information, please contact Nurse Marcie ASAP at email@example.com
MARCH 2 PARENT Q&A SESSION
Please join us Tuesday, March 2 at 7:30pm for a Questions & Answer session about the full on campus reopening process.
Below is an overview of the school day length per grade beginning Monday, March 8, as well as updated drop-off and pick-up times.
IMPORTANT: Please note that some times have changed:
MORNING DROP-OFF IN THE SINDER (MAIN) PARKING LOT
Only 3rd-6th graders may cross Densmore unaccompanied by an adult. All K-2 students must be accompanied by a VBS staff/faculty member. 3rd-6th grade siblings MAY NOT escort younger siblings across the street.
If K-2 students arrive late, a parent/guardian must walk them to the security booth and a faculty/staff member will be called to walk them to class. Parents are not allowed on campus.
Please be sure that the Magnus app’s daily COVID-19 health assessment is completed BEFORE you enter the parking lot for drop-off each day.
Parents/guardians are not permitted to leave their cars or walk students on campus.
During drop-off, masks must be worn by everyone in cars at all times.
AFTERNOON PICK-UP IN THE SINDER (MAIN) PARKING LOT
If you have a child in grades K-2, you will need to go through the carpool line at 2:40 or 3:00pm, and then re-enter for the later pick up times.
We ask that all cars please enter the Sinder lot from the north side of Densmore. Drivers are asked NOT to turn onto Densmore from Ventura Blvd., but rather head north on Haskell Avenue from Ventura Blvd (south on Haskell if coming from the 101 freeway exit), turn left onto Morrison St. (right if from the freeway), then left onto Densmore and line up along the west side of Densmore (facing south) until there is room to cross the Densmore/Moorpark intersection to turn right into the Sinder Parking Lot. This simple change in route will reduce congestion at the busy intersection where students are crossing the street. It is a safety measure for the sake of our community. Please do not line up on Moorpark St., as it will interfere with the ECC’s 3:00pm pick-up and delay your entrance into the lot.
PLEASE DO NOT CARPOOL TO OR FROM SCHOOL
We ask that you please not carpool to or from school with anyone outside of your household. If there is an emergency situation and you absolutely must, we ask that any child in the car from outside of your household be in your child's on campus kehillah (pod). Please also ensure that everyone in the car is masked at all times and that windows are down or outside air is pumped in via the A/C system. This being said, we HIGHLY discourage carpooling of any kind. Together, we must be diligent in our commitment to the wellbeing of our community.
LUNCH & SNACKS
HYBRID INSTRUCTION & HEADPHONES
It is important to note that while students will be on campus, some instruction will still be virtual, meaning the instructor(s) will not be in the classrooms. This is being done to avoid the mixing of our stable kehillot
(pods). A supervising adult (General Studies teacher and/or TA) will be in the classroom at all times. If you have not done so already, we ask that you please purchase headphones with a microphone for your child.
Headphones will ensure that students are able to participate in classroom learning to its fullest. Headphones must have a microphone, be wired (not Bluetooth), and sit over the ear. THIS
prior school communication includes a few suggestions for headphones.
AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS
Our 3rd-6th grade after school sports program will continue as planned for the weeks of March 8 and March 15. Below is the weekly schedule:
Mondays: 3rd grade
Tuesdays: 4th grade
Wednesdays: 6th grade
Thursdays: 5th grade
After school, students enrolled in the sports program will meet in the lunch area for a snack. Please be sure to pack an extra snack or two for this time. Sports activities will take place from approximately 3:30-4:40pm. Pick up will be in the Reznik (small) lot at 4:45pm. For students enrolled in after school sports who are learning remotely, drop-off will take place from 3:20-3:30pm in the Reznik lot. Parents dropping off at this time MUST complete the Magnus Health app BEFORE entering the parking lot. Students will not be allowed out of the car without the Magnus green “Go.”
LET’S COMMIT TO KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SAFE
This is the time to continue to practice the forms of mitigation and containment that have led us to this moment of hope and excitement. Please wear face coverings, wash hands frequently and maintain physical distance from those outside of your household. Together, we can keep this positive momentum moving forward. As you make plans for spring break, please also be mindful of VBS’ community wide travel policy
. Further communication about the return from spring break and baseline testing will be shared in the next few days.
We are thrilled to offer all of our families the opportunity for a full time return to campus and we look forward to the prospect of a more “normal” looking spring semester!
Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding, as we take these steps together as one community.
Rabbi Deborah Schuldenfrei
Head of School
Director of General Studies
Director of Judaic Studies